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Green Decorating Tips For Your Home (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 01/04/12 05:10 PM ET Updated: 01/04/12 05:12 PM ET

From Networx' Sayward Rebhal:

They say that "green" is the new black, and isn't it great when social responsibility becomes stylish? Suddenly, sustainability is in, plastic is passé, and secondhand is oh-so-savvy. What a wonderful era!

If you've been dreaming of giving your home a bit of a facelift for the new year, then you're in luck. Decorating and design are easily "greened" with a little bit of know-how and some well-placed imagination. Here are simple steps towards your very own eco-palace:

Tips and captions courtesy of Networx.

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Everyone knows that secondhand means great savings, both for your wallet and for the Earth. But buying used doesn't have to mean buying old. You can score fabulous, in-season furniture by window-shopping retailers such as IKEA, Pottery Barn, etc. Make a note of the exact name and color of the items you like, then using the search function on sites like Craigslist and eBay to track down your own gently-used copy. It's the best of both worlds!

Flickr image courtesy of Joey DeVilla.

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